The No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks hit four home runs, including two solo home runs by senior first baseman Danny Hamblin, en route to a 12-5 win over the University of Alabama Saturday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Arkansas (37-15, 17-9 SEC) hit two home runs in a four-run fifth inning to take a 7-3 lead en route to the easy win. Left fielder Casey Coon smashed a three-run home run to left-center field to snap a 3-3 tie and put the Hogs ahead to stay. Hamblin followed one batter later with his second home run of the game to give the Hogs a four-run lead.
Hamblin was 2-for-3 with two home runs and two RBI in the win for Arkansas. He also scored four runs. The two home runs gives him five multi-home run games this season and seven in his career. Hamblin now has 19 home runs this season, establishing a career high for the senior.
Quigley (4-6) allowed seven runs and seven hits in five innings to suffer his sixth straight loss. The Roswell, Ga., native has not won since beating Tennessee to open the SEC season on March 16. Quigley was touched for four home runs in his five-inning stint.
The Razorbacks tacked on five more runs in the seventh inning against sophomore right hander Casey Kebodeaux and junior left-hander Brian Griggs to take a 12-3 lead. Arkansas took advantage of a pair of two-out walks and a passed ball in the inning. Tim Smalling had an RBI double and Coon added a two-run single in the seventh.
"I felt like early in the game we had some chances to score some runs," Alabama head coach Jim Wells said. "Todd was really good. Then down four runs, I felt like we had still had a chance until our bullpen broke down in the seventh inning."
Arkansas starter Jess Todd (8-2) worked six innings for the win. He allowed three runs and eight hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts. Alabama and Arkansas played on even terms through four innings before the Razorbacks broke open a close game.
The two teams traded solo home runs in the second inning. Hamblin put the Hogs on the board with a one-out solo home run in the top of the inning. Alabama junior first baseman Matt Bentley tied the game with his 10th home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the inning.
The Razorbacks added another solo home run in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead. Right fielder Sean Jones' second home run of the season gave the Hogs the lead when his fly ball carried over the wall in left field.
Sophomore third baseman Alex Avila continued his hot hitting with a clutch two-out double in the bottom of the third inning to give the Tide a 3-2 lead. Senior shortstop Greg Paiml started the rally with a one-out single to right and moved to second base when senior center fielder Emeel Salem reached on an error by Hamblin.
After left fielder Brandon Belcher struck out, Avila then stroked a two-run double into the left-center field gap to give the Tide the 3-2 lead. Alabama loaded the bases when Bentley reached on an error by second baseman Matt Willard and Tyler Odle drew a two-out walk, but left the bases loaded when Del Howell grounded out to end the inning.
The Razorbacks tied the game with an unearned run in the fourth inning with Hamblin figuring in the scoring for the second time in three innings. Hamblin reached on a two-base error to lead off the inning when Paiml misplayed a pop up behind second base. Hamblin took third on Matt Willard's fly ball to center field for the second out of the inning before Tim Smalling bounced an infield RBI single to short to tie the game.
Alabama (28-23, 12-14 SEC) closed out the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning when freshman Del Howell hit his first career home run to make the final 12-5.
The two teams will wrap up this three-game series on Sunday, May 13 at 2:06 p.m. and the game will be televised locally by WVUA Sports. Junior lefty Will Stroup will start for Alabama against junior right-hander Duke Welker.
Alabama will honor the mother's of the Crimson Tide players in a pregame ceremony beginning at 1:45 p.m. to celebrate "Mother's Day." The players moms and the wives of the coaching staff will throw the first pitch in honor of Mother's Day.
*Both teams have posted lopsided wins in the first two games of the series. Alabama won 10-0 on Friday, while Arkansas picked up a 12-5 win today. *Alabama's batting order on Saturday contained six straight left-handed hitters in the first six spots in the order.
*Junior first baseman Matt Bentley (Hazel Green) hit his 10th home run of the season in the second inning. The solo home run snapped a streak of 16 consecutive scoreless innings by Arkansas starting pitcher Jess Todd.
*Senior shortstop Greg Paiml (Hoover) dropped a pop up in the fourth inning to snap his streak of 10 consecutive errorless games, dating back to April 21 at Auburn. It was just Paiml's fourth error in 26 SEC games this season. *Sophomore left-hander Miers Quigley (Roswell) suffered his sixth consecutive loss with Saturday's setback to No. 6 Arkansas. After winning his first four decisions, Quigley has now lost his last six and has not won since beating Tennessee to open the SEC season on March 16, 2007.
*Quigley allowed four home runs in the loss on Saturday and has yielded a team-high 15 home runs this season. He has allowed nine home runs in last three starts and seven home runs in last two starts.
*Freshman DH Del Howell (Tuscaloosa) hit his first career home run in the eighth inning. Howell is the third UA player in the last six games to hit his first career home run, joining Brian Clark (vs. Mississippi Valley State) and Tyler Odle (vs. Florida).